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Here come the girls; Prom princesses enjoy a sparkling makeover We are in the middle of the high school prom season - an exciting time when the nation's teenagers celebrate the end of exams and, for some, the end of school. For Netherhall Learning Campus prom organiser Vesmira Krkic and her friends it was also time to enjoy a pounds 300 pre-prom makeover. HILARIE STELFOX reports.

Byline: HILARIE STELFOX

VESMIRA KRKIC is just 16-years-old, but has been the driving force behind her Year 11 school prom.

The Fartown teenager decided some time ago that she wanted her year group to have a celebration to remember. To that end she set about organising a prom at the upmarket country house hotel Bagden Hall near Denby Dale and helping to raise thousands of pounds to pay for it.

She said: "We had to do a lot of fundraising - a lot.

"We had a sponsored walk in fancy dress, bake sales and ran a sweet shop. We did all sorts of things. Without the fundraising we didn't think everyone who wanted to go would be able to afford a ticket."

The Netherhall Learning Campus students ended up with nearly pounds 3,000 in the bank, enough to subsidise tickets which were sold at pounds 30 for their big night out on June 22. Around 80 students attended. After all her hard work, we thought it was only fair to offer Vesmira and her two friends, Lydia Johnson and Mercy Dengure, both 16, the prize in our recent prom princess competition to help prepare them for their special event. The three girls were booked in at the Biju concession in Huddersfield's House of Fraser store last week for a package of beauty treatments including gel nails, eyebrow threading and individual eyelash extensions. The company now has its own beauty room within the store.

We also gave them a make-up consultation and the chance to model prom dresses from the store.

Like many 16-year-olds, the girls wanted to look their absolute best for the prom. Biju consultant Sonal Patel offered them a choice of hard-wearing gel nail colours - even nail extensions - shaped and tinted their eyebrows and gave them all long, but natural-looking eyelash extensions. Then the girls were handed over to Estee Lauder consultant Susan Brown who created a make-up look for each. We found evening dresses at Coast and Therapy for the girls to model and at the end of their two-hour makeover they certainly looked ready to party. Although the Year 11 prom has come in for criticism in recent years as an expensive American import, none of the girls spent more than pounds 80 on a dress and shared the cost of a limousine with a number of other friends.

And, after all, it is a rite of passage for teenagers about to go their separate ways. Mercy, from Deighton, plans to go on to Netherhall's Studio School to study sociology, creative media and business while Lydia, who lives in Dalton, hopes to move to Greenhead College where she will take A levels in business, economics and sociology. Vesmira is aiming for Huddersfield New College where she will study forensic and medical science, physiology, photography and business.

All three have ambitions to go to university.

But for now they're just enjoying being 16 and prom princesses.

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THE American high school prom grew out of the formal balls held in the country's elite schools as far back as the 1900s.

These heavily-chaperoned affairs generally took the form of a tea dance and were attended by the senior classes at high schools.

They were named proms after the 'promenade' or march by guests into the ballroom at the start of the event.

Today the prom is considered by many to be short for 'promoted' and signals the movement from one year group into the next.

By the 1920s and 30s when America's youth began to enjoy more freedom, the prom was established as an annual event at most junior and senior high schools - that's years 11, 12 and 13 here.

In the 1950s, the post-war economic boom secured the status of the prom and with it the titles of prom king and prom queen and the desire to have the best dress.

This competitive side to the prom reached a peak in the late 1980s and today's proms on both sides of the Atlantic have become associated with lavish dressing and, in some cases, lavish spending.

American-born Susan Fischler, who was raised in northern California but now teaches at St Andrew's CE Junior School in Brighouse, recalls her prom days in the 1970s.

She said: "We didn't spend outrageous amounts like they do now. The boys had to buy a corsage for their date and the girls had to buy the boys a buttonhole flower and we'd buy a new dress.

"But it was still a ridiculous celebration of superficiality where the beautiful girls got crowned prom princesses.

"If you were of reasonable social standing and reasonably good looking then you hoped that an older boy would invite you to go to one of the older proms. It was what you aimed for. One year I considered it a real success because I went to all three.'' Proms have been popular in the UK for the last 10 years or so and usually incorporate a meal in a hotel with dancing and a live band.

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* BEFORE: Lydia Johnson (left), Mercy Dengure (centre) and Vesmira Krkic before their prom makeover (JH200612Dmakeover-02) * AFTER: With nails, eyelashes and eyebrows groomed, make-up in place and modelling evening gowns, Lydia, Mercy and Vesmira are ready for their prom. Lydia (left) and Vesmira (right) are wearing dresses from Coast at pounds 175 and pounds 180, respectively, while Mercy (centre) is in a Therapy chiffon and jersey cotton dress at pounds 35 (in the sale). All three are wearing Coast jewellery. Left: Biju consultant Sonal Patel at work. Top: Vesmira chose acrylic nail extensions and Lydia eyelash extensions and shaped eyebrows (JH200612Dmakeover)
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